More than two years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (searchdevastated the fire department's ranks, the city employs more firefighters than it did on September 11, 2001 (search).

A graduating class of 292 firefighters was sworn in Thursday, bringing the number of city firefighters to 8,660.

The department, which lost 343 members in the terrorist attack, now has a dozen more firefighters than it did before the twin towers collapsed.

Four women were among those sworn in at the ceremony at Brooklyn College, bringing the number of women in the department to 24.